Three ingenious electric fan hacks to keep you cool in the UK heatwave

WITH temperatures soaring to 30C and above this week, Brits are blowing the dust off their electric fans.

With the UK in the midst of a sizzling heatwave that’s expected to last until Wednesday – here’s how to get the most out of your long-neglected device.

The British are blowing the dust off their long-neglected electric fans


The British are blowing the dust off their long-neglected electric fansPhoto credit: Getty

Place a bowl of ice next to it

Your fan is designed to move air around the room by sucking it in from the back and blowing it out at the front.

This keeps us cool as the fan’s faster-moving air pushes away the warmer air that’s in contact with our skin.

It helps us feel cooler as moisture in the form of sweat on our skin evaporates faster in the presence of air.

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One way to make the air feel even COOLER is to place a bowl of ice in front of the fan.

As it evaporates, the vapor rises in front of the fan where it forms a nice cool breeze that’s blown through the room.

Give it a good cleaning

When your fan is in use, it has collected dust in the vents, on the blades, and even in the motor.

This can reduce the efficiency of the device, meaning it won’t push through the air as well.

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It can also pose a fire risk as your device is more likely to overheat due to the insulating properties of dust.

Thoroughly clean your fan and remove dust from the blades and other surfaces.

Where to place your fan in a room

Fans and air purifiers are usually designed to work in single rooms.

When setting up the machine, make sure that there is at least a few meters of space on all sides so that air can circulate effectively.

If the air outside is cooler than inside, place your fan next to your window, pointing inward.

In this way, the cooler air is blown against your body from the outside, which makes the sweat evaporate even faster.

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However, during the current heat wave, it’s probably best to keep the windows closed and the fan pointed towards your body while you sleep.

This allows air movement across your skin to more effectively speed up the sweat evaporation process.

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